Dental plaque is the main cause of tooth decay, which leads to cavities. It also can damage your gums. It is a form of bacteria that grows on and between teeth. Here at TruCare Dental, we make it our priority to prevent dental plaque from causing you unnecessary consequences.
Dental plaque is sticky and colorless. You can sometimes feel it on your teeth and your tongue, especially first thing in the morning before you have brushed your teeth. Sugars and starches leave remnants when you eat them, and the bacteria in your mouth use them as fuel. Acids that are associated with dental plaque erode tooth enamel, and irritate your gum tissue. Brushing at least twice per day and flossing before bedtime serve to address most of the plaque you have. But it can hide out of reach in gum pockets. There it hardens into tartar. In oder to remove that tartar, you will need to come in to our dental office in Albuquerque NM. An examination will determine if you have any cavities, so that they can be promptly filled. Otherwise, they will grow larger and put you at increased risk for weakened teeth and infections in the pulp of your tooth, down near the nerve. The result of that is typically pain and root canal therapy. You will also get a teeth cleaning at our dental office in Albuquerque NM. Not only will this eradicate any remaining plaque and tartar, but if you have gingivitis, early stage gum disease, it will reverse it. If gum disease is allowed to progress, dental plaque and tartar could cause symptoms such as receding gums, persistent bad breath, bleeding gums when you brush, loss of gum and bone tissue, and loose teeth.
Contact our dental office in Albuquerque NM to make an appointment. Everyone should have an examination and teeth cleaning twice-yearly.